Published: Tue, March 28, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Secretary Mnuchin's praise of Trump's 'perfect genes' is an extremist dogwhistle

Secretary Mnuchin's praise of Trump's 'perfect genes' is an extremist dogwhistle

"We've been working the last two months on tax reform", he said, "because we are designing it from scratch and running through a lot of scenarios, we needed the last two months to work on it, we would not have been ready to go a month ago on tax reform, and now we are". "I mean, I thought I was in good shape, but I travel with him all the time".

Allen asked where Trump was getting all this energy considering his unabashed love of fast food and the fact that he doesn't seem to exercise beyond hitting a few golfballs.

Mnuchin said the strength of the dollar and stock market is a reflection of confidence in the USA economy.

Mnuchin seemed unfazed by that data.

The comments come after President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway took heat for promoting Ivanka Trump's clothing line Fox & Friends in the White House after Macy's did not renew its contract with the First Daughter's company. During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Trump once said, "You have to be born lucky, in the sense that you have to have the right genes". "Let me tell you".

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Yeah, he's talking about the same Donald Trump who probably hasn't eaten a vegetable since Nixon resigned.

In a wide-ranging public interview event with the news site Axios, Mnuchin also said Trump's proposal to boost infrastructure spending would probably include $100 billion to $200 billion in federal money and depend on public-private partnerships to boost the total to $1 trillion over the next decade. For instance, Stormfront's mission statement claims that "a great deal (possibly 90% or more) of a person's intelligence and character is determined by their DNA, which determines the structure of their brain before they are born".

Media Matters for America President Angelo Carusone told ThinkProgress that Trump's comments fit within that fringe worldview.

When he wasn't discussing economic growth and tax reform, Mnuchin riffed on the president's "incredible" stamina and his improved White House diet.

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